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Has anyone here ever stressed because they don't have insurance, or they don't have enough, or they are worried they might lose it etc...?

Well, according to one of McCain's top advisers, you DID have insurance, it's called the emergency room!

But the numbers are misleading, said John Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a right-leaning Dallas-based think tank. Mr. Goodman, who helped craft Sen. John McCain's health care policy, said anyone with access to an emergency room effectively has insurance, albeit the government acts as the payer of last resort. (Hospital emergency rooms by law cannot turn away a patient in need of immediate care.)

"So I have a solution. And it will cost not one thin dime," Mr. Goodman said. "The next president of the United States should sign an executive order requiring the Census Bureau to cease and desist from describing any American – even illegal aliens – as uninsured. Instead, the bureau should categorize people according to the likely source of payment should they need care.

"So, there you have it. Voila! Problem solved."

Nevermind preventative care or anything fancy like that, the guy who helped McCain develop his healthcare plan honestly thinks that insurance isn't a problem unless you are denied care and since people can show up in an ER and they have to be cared for, well problem solved. Not that this would help someone with say... cancer, pregnancy, diabetese, heart disease etc... They can just suck it up, have a heart attack or pop the kid out then go to the ER and it's all good.

No, I'm not saying that this is McCain's entire healthcare plan ("everyone can just go to the ER"), but one of his top advisers seriously thinks that we shouldn't say someone is uninsured because they can walk into an ER, and "I don't know how many houses we own" McCain wants to say that Obama is out of touch?

I'm sorry, but anyone who actually listens to what he and his people say and still wants to vote for him is either fucking insane of hopelessly stupid (although I do think a fair number of people who plan to vote for McCain have no clue what he's actually said, they're just voting for the guy who isn't the "scary black guy").



Oh, that's great, Mr. Goodman. I'll cancel my insurance and show up at the ER for my arthritis treatments!
Exactly. I can't quite fathom how someone can think that redefining the words can produce any sort of meaningful progress towards solving the problem.

The only benefit I see is fooling people and counting on their stupidity to let you get away with it (e.g. "we created a bunchillion new manufacturing jobs by reclassifying all McDonald's workers as manufacturing workers, now you support American industry every time you buy a Big Mac and everything is better!")

Edited at 2008-08-29 06:58 pm (UTC)

Yeah, that was pretty much my reaction.